- Trump fired Comey Tuesday
- The move sent shockwaves across the nation
“The President has lost confidence in Director Comey as well as, frankly, he’d been considering letting Director Comey go since the day he was elected,” Sanders told reporters, adding which Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had raised concerns about the former FBI chief on Monday, prompting Trump to ask him to put his recommendation in writing.
Revelations which Trump had been unconvinced by Comey for his entire transition as well as presidency were surprising given the White House had previously expressed confidence inside the ousted FBI chief multiple times. Sanders also said Trump was not the only one to lose confidence inside the FBI director, adding there were deep reservations about him inside the FBI.
Sanders also said which Trump didn’t regret not firing Comey sooner, saying he “wanted to give Director Comey a chance.”
She also pointed to a “big catalyst” through last week congressional testimony by the former FBI chief when he related how he held a news conference without notifying his superiors last year. inside the blockbuster appearance, Comey announced which Hillary Clinton might not face charges over her email server although also heavily criticized her handling of classified material.
“Director Comey made a pretty startling revelation which he had essentially taken a stick of dynamite as well as thrown which into the Department of Justice by going around the chain of command,” Sanders said.
“which is actually simply not allowed,” she said.
Sanders also characterized Comey’s actions surrounding which appearance as “atrocities.”
“I think also having a letter like the one which he received (through Rosenstein) as well as having which conversation which outline the basic atrocities in circumventing the chain of command inside the Department of Justice” impacted Trump’s decision, Sanders said.
Comey asked for more resources
which was revealed Wednesday which Comey asked the Justice Department for more resources for the agency’s investigation into Russian meddling of the US election as well as ties to Trump’s presidential campaign, just the week before the President fired him.
Comey told the heads of the Senate intelligence committee which he went to Rosenstein last week as well as pushed for more resources to be devoted to the Russia investigation, according to two sources familiar with the discussion.
Justice Department spokesperson Sarah Flores denies Comey asked Rosenstein for more resources. She called reporting to the contrary “100% false,” as well as told reporters she spoke directly with Rosenstein about the reports.
Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, as well as Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia met Monday with Comey as well as urged him to speed up the Russia investigation. Comey acknowledged in which discussion which things were moving slowly.
Warner told sy88pgw Wednesday he has asked Comey to testify before the committee Tuesday. which is actually an invitation only at which point — no word yet if he will appear.
inside the wake of Comey’s firing, a fierce political battle has erupted, as Democrats step up demands for a special prosecutor although Republican leaders hold the line to shield the White House.
With Washington still in disbelief over Tuesday’s dramatic events which sent shockwaves across the nation, Trump blasted criticism of his sudden move, declaring which the former FBI chief “wasn’t doing a Great job.”
although the President’s comments did little to dispel the controversy over the firing of Comey: the FBI director overseeing the bureau’s probe into whether there were any links between Trump campaign aides as well as Russia at a time when Moscow is actually accused of meddling in last year’s election.
Critics claimed which Trump was trying to shut down the FBI Russia investigation. They ridiculed the White House’s rationale for the firing — which which was over Comey’s handling of the Clinton email investigation which many Democrats believe cost the former secretary of state the presidency.
Trump met with with Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe Wednesday afternoon, a White House official said.
The substantive push back was left to Vice President Mike Pence, who praised his boss for showing strong leadership to restore public confidence inside the FBI as well as refuted suggestions the administration had anything to hide over Russia.
“President Trump made the right decision at the right time to accept the recommendation of the deputy attorney general as well as the attorney general, to ask for the termination, to support the termination of the director of the FBI,” Pence told reporters on Capitol Hill.
The vice president also reiterated the White House’s line which former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has said which there is actually no evidence to support the idea of collusion between Trump aides as well as Russia.
Pence’s appearance before the cameras was a strategic decision of the White House to push back on the political crisis which ensued after Trump’s move. The next White House official to face the public will be deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who will brief reporters at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Trump joined the counter attack on Twitter as he lambasted his critics as well as Democrats who are accusing him of an abuse of power.
“Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington, Republican as well as Democrat alike. When things calm down, they will be thanking me!” Trump tweeted.
“The Democrats have said some of the worst things about James Comey, including the fact which he should be fired, although currently they play so sad!” Trump wrote, as well as said a completely new FBI director might do a far better job.
although his comments did nothing to quell the sense of shock as well as uncertainty over what comes next.